Thank you. My daughter and I went swimming yesterday for about 2 hours. She had a great time and we both slept really well. We are trying to get my husband involved and get a membership ti the Rec. center. I went back this morning to work out before school. Thanks to all who are encouraging me
Thanks for sharing, TeacherCass. Though I'm not at the same place in life as you are, I am a teacher (now librarian) and a mother of adult children, so I know what it is like to juggle work and little ones. I am now a beginning teacher mentor and am reminded daily of what it is like to be the new kid in town and have no seniority in the system. I know that brings on a new set of stresses.
As for exercising with your 2 year old "helper." I recall using my little ones as weights. They were my resistance with leg lifts, bicep curls, and even a form of overhead presses. They had a blast and the more they grew, the more difficult the workout became. Toddler exercising isn't exactly the same as other workouts, but I highly encourage you to give it a try if you haven't already. I can promise you some memories that you'll always cherish.
As for losing the 10 pounds again, I encourage you to share your Spark journey with your new friends. I've been at or below goal for 6 months now, and have discovered that when I tell others that I'm somewhat addicted to sugar and that I need to try to avoid "falling off the wagon," most people relate and put no more pressure on me. You might find a similar strategy that works.
I can relate to some of what you are saying. Last year I lost 50+ pounds. Some people (mostly family) think I am too thin (I am in a healthy BMI range. I am almost vegan to boot. You have been through so much change and loss at this point in your life. It sounds like a lonely time for you. Your friends are back home and you haven't had the time to make new ones. Coming on Spark is a great step to making new friends and people who understand at lease some of what you are going through. I wish you the best of luck. If you ever need to reach out, this is the place to do it.
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Welcome! I went through a similar experience when I moved from upstate New York (where I had dropped 80 pounds) to Iowa (where nobody knew the heavier me). The stresses of life came down on me, and in the intervening time (that was 14 or 15 years ago) I've regained and lost again two or three times. Only those who have gone through this really connect with the challenges of long-term maintenance of a large weight loss. This team is very supportive!
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Hello, I am trying to think where to begin. I guess I should start by saying about 6 months ago I had lost about 70 pounds. I was the lowest weight I had everbeen in my life and I was pretty proud of myself for working so hard. I recently moved to Colorado and I have gained 10 pounds back. I am within my healthy BMI, but I would really like to get back to what I was when I first moved. I am now around people who have no idea of my major weight loss which I am not sure is a good or bad thing. People who knew I lost that weight would want to know how I did it like it was an overnight sort of makeover, but the people out here now who don't know just assume I have always been this weight and are wondering why I just won't eat that cookie. I have a daughter who is 2 and a husband who has seen how much weight I lost and is working on weight loss himself now. I have started a new job as a teacher and am just not really sure where I fit in anymore. My friends are far away and I sometimes feel very alone her. The other stresses in life do not help. We just bought a house, ahh a 2 year old, no one to talk to who understands why I am upset about the revisiting 10 pounds, and the possiblity of being laid off at the end of the year even though I have taught for 11 years (but not here) The cold, I am not used to the cold so it is hard to go outside and exercise and my daughter is always really helpful when I try to exercise inside. Enough rambling, I am in beautiful Colorado and I love it, but I am some times very stressed and a bit sad. I chose the healthy lifestyle because I am hoping if I have a healthy lifestyle my extra 10 pounds will fall back off. Thanks for listening. :)
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